Google Said "No" to Wi-fi Co-op Idea
Since this blog was first posted, we learned that the idea of broadcasting bandwidth into low income neighborhoods, like Rosedale, using Google's Fiber access points does not fit into their current licensing agreement.
Still, we're happy, that our idea made it to Mountain View and that the Google Fiber team and their legal counsel did give some serious consideration. And, we are still in dialog with them, hoping to create a plan that will work that they can agree to.
We remain deeply concerned about those who are likely be left out of the impact of that Google Fiber will have on Kansas City. In actuality, the people we are trying to reach with free/low cost wi-fi are not going to be Fiber customers – at least not yet. If we get them engaged with life online as we hope to, they certainly could get to the point where it would make sense for them one day.
At this time, we will be looking for other source of funding and bandwidth for the wi-fi network - though it may not end up being implemented on as wide as scale as we first envisioned. We are also continuing to pursue the development of an e-community center for Rosedale. This public space will house meeting rooms, computer labs, and library kiosks. There will be tutoring and various other instructor led and computer based training offered.
It’s great to be getting our ideas out there in the public sphere and letting people know that someone is thinking about all of this!